Organisation aims / mission / values
- To develop and sustain high quality artistic programmes to enhance the cultural and social lives of people who have profound and complex disabilities and isolated and excluded groups of older people in south east London
- In furtherance of the above, to design new systems and structures that will increase our capacity to develop work with young people and adults who have profound and complex disabilities
- To work in partnership with other organisations to both leverage new skills and disseminate models of practice to wider local, national and international audiences ensuring that work has impact on both local and national policy development
How we deliver these aimsOrganising our work into four spaces to empower people to follow their own developmental journeys through arts practice towards greater wellbeing. Continuing to develop a resilient & diverse relational network of people living in south east London who have been historically excluded from the cultural life of their communities. Using this relational practice to connect people who are separated as a result of disability, age, ethnicity, culture or other social and economic realities. Underpinning these relational networks with the support of partner organisations in fields such as the arts, social care, health, education and local government to influence practice. Establishing a constantly evolving arts programme that includes participatory, social, exploratory and performance strands. Continuing to work with cross-sector partners developing innovative evaluation methods with consequent sharing and dissemination of evidence based best practice.
Who benefits from our workHome for Entelechy lies somewhere between the 1930s estates of Downham and Bellingham in south Lewisham, and the re-gentrified Elephant and Castle in Southwark. South London is a sprawling, diverse concentration of different races, social classes, ethnicities and lifestyles. On the buses, in the markets, in the streets, people weave parallel and often unconnected lives. Social policy supports the most vulnerable to be cared for in these communities. There is no common definition of disability but 14% of residents in Lewisham identify themselves as being limited in carrying out day-to-day activities. Just over 8% of residents identified themselves as providing unpaid care to a friend or relative. Lewisham is the 15th most ethnically diverse local authority in England. Two out of every five Lewisham residents are from a black or minority ethnic background. There are over 170 languages spoken in the borough. Lewisham is the 31st most deprived local authority in England, and relative to the rest of the country its levels of deprivation are increasing. (Lewisham Health and Wellbeing Board 2013) Many people face extended lives with no obvious purpose. Medical science supports people to live longer but additional years are often lived in loneliness and isolation. There is evidence that people are becoming increasingly dissatisfied and depressed, with many living with low levels of happiness and wellbeing. Entelechy has woven arts practice into the heart of the communities described above through the development of sustained relationships with local groups, social care, health, education and community development partners. Part of this process has involved establishing connections with often invisible groups: the 80-year-olds supporting their own church hall social club; the campaigning group of parents of profoundly disabled children.
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